NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new cannabis dispensary celebrated its grand opening in Northampton Tuesday morning.
Since the 2016 vote to make recreational cannabis legal in Massachusetts, dispensaries have been popping up across the state. Last month the Cannabis Control Commission reported that adult-use only marijuana establishments surpassed $2 billion in gross sales in the Commonwealth but opening a dispensary is no easy feet.
“It’s long. it takes years to get through licensing and building, and all the way through all the inspections, bringing product in, it takes a lot of time,” said Matt Yee, found and Chief Operating Officer on Enlite.
Enlite opened their doors on Damon Road for the first time at 9 a.m. Tuesday. It is the first Minority Business Enterprise to open a dispensary in western Massachusetts. Founded by Yee alongside the Picknelly and Cutting families, it is also one of the few locally owned and operated dispensaries in the area.
“Not only are we minority owned, but they’ve put a lot of emphasis to women leading in the industry as well, and 50 percent of our management is women,” said General Manager Parker Hawkins.
The staff at Enlite are hoping to educate people about the use of cannabis while also legitimize the plant and the industry.
A week-long “CANNACOPIA” celebration will also kick-off on November 27 featuring product demos, local food trucks, local artists, and more to anyone 21 years or older.